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12/23/2017
Topic:
Best route for hike from Laguna to desert floor?

Scooter
Scooter
We did this hike last year dropped off of Monument Peak Rd. Dropped off my pack and hiking partner then parked my new truck in Mount Laguna and rode my bike back to the Monument Peak Rd turnout. Locked it to the gate. Dropped off and followed the ridge down to the desert floor. A lot of Bush whacking at first then it opens up there are cairns along the ridge top. Dropped onto the desert floor in section 5. Found a spring with good water at the end of the road in section 4. Spent the night away from the spring huge mountain lion prints by the spring !! There is a boulder the size of a house southeast of the spring that is very interesting. Hiked out the next day to Auga Caliente park and soaked in the mineral waters. Great trip not that hard.
4/23/2018
Topic:
No Big Horn this year seen during hiking

Scooter
Scooter
Saw three on Sunset Peak a few months ago saw one in Split Mountain before the anticline last Wednesday.
5/25/2018
Topic:
No Big Horn this year seen during hiking

Scooter
Scooter
Boy ...Canebreak Jeff was right !! I camped at Auga Caliente on Wednesday. I had to wait for the 11 bighorn to cross the driveway so I could get to my campsite. They were everywhere including the babies !!
12/14/2018
Topic:
Sheep Canyon campground road conditions?

Scooter
Scooter
Coyote Canyon is closed !! Went out Wednesday to find the gate locked at third crossing. Sign says closed to vehicles and hikers. As we drove out a park maintenance worker said the recent rains damaged the road. Not sure why it is closed to hikers. I would call the rangers if you plan a trip out there to see if it is open.
2/1/2019
Topic:
The "Original" LA Rams

Scooter
Scooter
Great article. Thanks for sharing.
2/16/2019
Topic:
Granite Mountain Peak?

Scooter
Scooter
Hiked Granite a few months ago. Took the route from the old Redmond gold mine on the Southwest side of the mountain. Parked on Rodriquez truck trail 1/4 mile north of Oriflame Road. Look for a rock carin on the right side of the road. You follow the road up to the mine. Gained the ridge just East of the mine. The ridge where the last A in Anza is on the Topo The fire did clear out all the brush. Easy walk up to the peak. Great hike with a bonus gold mine thrown inπŸ˜€
2/16/2019
Topic:
Granite Mountain Peak?

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Scooter
rockhopper wrote:
It took two attempts to summit Granite mtn. The first time we got slammed by a snow storm. This was back in the 90's. A week later we went back to clear sunny skies. Went up from the S2/East side following the dry creek trail. Neat grinding holes along the creek so look for them. Then up the ridge and scramble to the top.
More recently from Rodriguez canyon. I parked near the turmoline mine near the PCT and just scrambled up the west side.

Scooter. Is that the gold mine the one with a shaft on the south side of the mountain slope? That oriflamme canyon road from the bottom was "interesting" to get to the saddle. I think I'll only drive it once.
edited by rockhopper on 2/16/2019
2/16/2019
Topic:
Granite Mountain Peak?

Scooter
Scooter
Yes it is it is the mine shaft on the Topo in section 21. The old dirt road takes you to the mine. I am sure Oriflamme road is very muddy right now. I would wait until it dries out. It was a great trip
2/18/2019
Topic:
Granite Mountain Peak

Scooter
Scooter
Looks like a great trip. This morning the Mount LAGUNA HPRREN camera showed Granite covered in snow. I just checked it and it is gone.
2/18/2019
Topic:
Granite Mountain Peak

Scooter
Scooter
Ok I am not much of a tech guy.. Google hpwwren cameras. Scroll down to Mount Laguna cameras. There are four camera pictures one for each compass direction N,S,E and W. The north is the first picture on the left. If you zoom in you can see S2 in Mason Valley. Granite Mountain is above the end of S2. If you can figure how to go back to this morning's pictures you will see it covered in snow.
2/18/2019
Topic:
Granite Mountain Peak

Scooter
Scooter
That's it. A little later in the morning the peak is in the sun.
4/18/2019
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

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Scooter
Just climbed Indianhead mountain Tuesday. 4 hours up, an hour at the summit, and 4 hours down. This was a tough hike. Roberto and I have climbed 6582, villager and Rabbit and this is a tough one. My 1986 Schad book says there is a faint trail on his route. After 33 years I would think there would be more of a trail. Just cairns gooing up the ridge. If your looking for a difficult day hike this is it. Not sure how to add pictures
4/18/2019
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

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Scooter
Buford wrote:
Nice. Which route did you take? If you went up BPC, how bad was the brush?

For posting pictures on here, I use a flickr account to host them.
4/18/2019
Topic:
Indianhead mountain

Scooter
Scooter
Buford took Schads route up Borrego Palm Canyon 2.5 miles. Then turned North and went up the ridge toward the peak. I agree 6582 is probably the toughest hike out there. No brush on the entire route. The reeds in BPC were not bad.
4/24/2019
Topic:
Villager Peak

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Scooter
dsefcik wrote:
I have said in previous posts, the top of the 'Rosa's are one of my favorites, the views of the Salton Sea, Cochella Valley at night and all of ABDSP are just amazing. I fully recommend an overnight stay when possible. The sunrise over the Salton Sea is just gorgeous from that altitude. Nice TR, thanks for sharing.
4/24/2019
Topic:
Villager Peak

Scooter
Scooter
A good way to do Rabbit is spend the night on Villager and leave early in the morning for Rabbit. After you get back from Rabbit hike out to your car. The views from Villager are much better than Rabbit since it has A lot of trees and brush. We also like it leave water bottles on the trail on the way up to Villager so you don't have to carry all the water up.
5/28/2019
Topic:
Rabbit East Ridge Loop

Scooter
Scooter
Nice way to end the season! I felt your pain and fatigue while reading your trip report. Great report, might have to skip that one πŸ˜€
6/17/2019
Topic:
Imperial Valley Desert Museum

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Scooter
I just wanted to pass on, the Imperial Valley Desert Museum in Ocotillo has a fund raising grant that expires on June 30th 2019. They have a matching NEH endowment challenge grant that matches dollar for dollar on donations until June 30th. The museum has the most extensive display of Kumeyaay pottery I have ever seen. Along with arrow straighteners and videos from the Kumeyaay themselves on how they live off the land.
So it is really easy to donate. Just call on the phone and donate they will e mail a receipt and you can write it off on your taxes. Thanks for your time Scooter

Museum 760 358 7016 ivdesertmuseum.org
11/11/2019
Topic:
Best route for hike from Laguna to desert floor?

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Scooter
Rocko1 wrote:
Will be getting some time off soon and I'd like to try this route https://caltopo.com/m/S0R8 as a day hike. The majority of it appears to be on BLM. Anyone see any issues with this and the possibility of it crossing private land?
11/11/2019
Topic:
Best route for hike from Laguna to desert floor?

Scooter
Scooter
Rocko1 wrote:
I have been wanting to hike from Laguna to the desert floor and interested in the best route. Other than the PCT, has anyone tried Storm Canyon or have any other routes?


Rocko looks lime a great trip, two years ago did Schads route off the end of Monument Peak Rd down into the Potero Canyon. Spent the night at a spring on the desert floor. Next day hiked out and spent the night at Auga Caliente Springs campground. Dramatic views hiking down off the Lagunas. Good Luck
11/11/2019
Topic:
Best route for hike from Laguna to desert floor?

Scooter
Scooter
Rocko1 wrote:
Scooter wrote:
Rocko1 wrote:
I have been wanting to hike from Laguna to the desert floor and interested in the best route. Other than the PCT, has anyone tried Storm Canyon or have any other routes?


Rocko looks lime a great trip, two years ago did Schads route off the end of Monument Peak Rd down into the Potero Canyon. Spent the night at a spring on the desert floor. Next day hiked out and spent the night at Auga Caliente Springs campground. Dramatic views hiking down off the Lagunas. Good Luck
hiked the ridge East from the end of Monument Peak Rd. This is the same trip in Schads book. The hard part is the time to do the vehicle shuttle. Paid the $3 at Agua Caliente for safe parking.


Interesting. I don't see any trail coming off of that peak-just hiked that Saturday. Did you just follow the canyon or ridge?
11/18/2019
Topic:
Sunrise Hwy to Granite Mountain

Scooter
Scooter
Looks like a great trip!! there is the old Redmond mine on the Southwest slope of Granite that is interesting to look around. It is labeled on the Topo maps. I too have had that problem of losing energy at the end. Even on Villager which I have done several times. I think nutrition plays a big role toward the end of the day.
11/27/2019
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

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Scooter
deborah wrote:
The rain predicted for this week has me thinking about good places to go in Anza Borrego on rainy days. My first thoughts... Obviously avoid areas prone to flash floods. If I do drive off pavement, something tame, more gravel maybe and not so much mud. The goal isn't to test my vehicle recovery skills. smile And maybe the same goes for going on foot. Hiking in the rain can be really nice, but if the ground gets too muddy it can be a chore.

What do you all think? Are there places that you like to go on rainy days?

How about Maidenhair Falls. A lot of decomposed granite soil maybe camp in Borrego Palm campground
11/29/2019
Topic:
Death Valley 9 Days Trip Report

Scooter
Scooter
Had a week long trip planned last spring. All the dirt roads were washed out so postponed until this March. Was able to locate numerous rock art site locations on the internet prior to our trip. Spent the night on top Telescope Peak two years ago, everyone should put that on their bucket list. Thanks for the trip report.
12/2/2019
Topic:
Good places for rainy days

Scooter
Scooter
Great pictures thanks for posting. Rain and snow really changes the desert landscape.
12/8/2019
Topic:
Jacumba Mountains

Scooter
Scooter
Great trip report ! Some really interesting finds thanks for sharing
12/12/2019
Topic:
Super steep or steep

Scooter
Scooter
Ok I did the Southwest route two years ago. Drive west on Mason Valley from S2, North on Rodriguez Canyon. If you have access to the Earthquake Valley Topo look for the dirt road in section 21 that goes up to the mine. Park near where the old mine road comes down to Rodriguez Canyon. Hike to the mine on the mine road. After exploring the mine gain the ridge to the East and follow it to the peak. A fire a few years back cleared out all the brush on the ridge. This way you bag Granite and tour an old mine. The mine shafts are above building foundations.
12/18/2019
Topic:
Granite Mountain West Approach

Scooter
Scooter
The Redman mine was gold. If you go into the Mine shafts above the buildings they are solid Julian Schist which is the Material they looked for to find gold. It is usually a grayish rock with flecks
12/19/2019
Topic:
Inner Pasture Suggestions?

Scooter
Scooter
I have always started from the North fork of Indian Valley. I take the pass in section 17 on the Topo
12/19/2019
Topic:
Inner Pasture Suggestions?

Scooter
Scooter
That inner pasture area is huge ! If you are exploring the North end I would come in off of moonlight canyon from Agua Caliente County park.
12/19/2019
Topic:
Inner Pasture Suggestions?

Scooter
Scooter
I have been in there four times with one being an overnight with two full days exploring. Did not see any migrants but did find a pile of clothes that they left which would fill the back of my Tacoma. Didnt see any sign of them in the Potrero.
12/23/2019
Topic:
Jojoba Wash with new All Terrain Bobcat truck camp

Scooter
Scooter
Nice camper !! It is so nice to go inside when the weather turns or the desert winds come up. Nice trip report
12/29/2019
Topic:
Rain and more sheep

Scooter
Scooter
I was on the fire that burned over Granite Mountain about 5 years ago. The bottom of the dry barrel cactus burns quite well, when they burn at the bottom the cactus falls over. With several broken off never able to grow again I cut one open and ate it. The crew thought I was crazy !! I explained I would never get this chance again as I would not cut into a living barrel cactus. Anyway it was very moist and tasted like a not ripe honeydew mellon.
12/29/2019
Topic:
Indian Signs Along Carrizo Wash

Scooter
Scooter
Great trip report. I need to explore that area. Thanks
1/5/2020
Topic:
Weekend trip

Scooter
Scooter
Great trip report. Love the picture of Toro in the sunset.
1/6/2020
Topic:
Jet crash site Mine Wash

Scooter
Scooter
Heading out for three days next week to Mine Wash. I was hoping to visit the military jet crash site in the area. I can't find the website that described the location. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance Scooter
1/8/2020
Topic:
Jet crash site Mine Wash

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Scooter
Viper wrote:
I haven't been to the crash site, but the Lindsay book says this about it: From the Mine Wash turnoff (mile 79.5 on SR78), travel 1.6 miles to the Mine Wash Indian Village Site. "Another plane crash site is up on the hill east of the road." It says "another," because the previous section says that "a short 1 to 1.5 mile hike south from Stag Cove leads to an old airplane crash site. Half a buried engine is in the wash with scattered pieces of the plan strewn about." If no one else here has info, you should contact Dennis, who runs this site: https://www.facebook.com/bfpartyline/ His other hobby is hiking to plane crash sites. He told me that between he and his hiking partner, they had been to over 1,000 crash sites in the West. He will likely have lots of info.

Thank you very much
1/9/2020
Topic:
Plane Wrecks

Scooter
Scooter
Great video thanks
1/10/2020
Topic:
Jet crash site Mine Wash

Scooter
Scooter
I was able to locate the crash site. Unable to see it on GE. Heading out Monday to check it out thanks
1/11/2020
Topic:
Resident desert rat

Scooter
Scooter
Welcome to the blog have you ever camped East of TORO peak on the Alta Seca Bench ? It is a beautiful valley just East of the peak. I like to backpack in less than a mile and you would think you are in the sierras. Plus you can pack in some luxuries for such a short distance.
1/12/2020
Topic:
Old Maps

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Scooter
Britain wrote:
davidwyby wrote:
I once found a site that where one could change the year look back at old maps. Britain?


Theres some old Platt maps but I'm not on my home computer. Not sure about the one your asking about.


On the cal Topo site you can go to map builder on the top of the screen and scroll down to other maps and there are two historic Topo maps the oldest one is 1895 !!
1/18/2020
Topic:
Snow and more sheep

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Scooter
dsefcik wrote:
tekewin wrote:
The cougars I've caught on camera have always been in canyons, in forested ranges, too, not just the desert.
Cougars definitely will hang out up on ridges and at water sources, they will go where needed and they definitely have a presence in ABDSP where BHS and deer habitate.


Just came back from Mine Wash stopped by the Ocotillo Wells visitor center on my trip they had a current photo of a Mountain Lion by the off road rental places on highway 78. They are everywhere !!
1/19/2020
Topic:
Another Death Valley Trip

Scooter
Scooter
Great trip report. Thanks for posting
1/20/2020
Topic:
Daughters first hike

Scooter
Scooter
Over the last ten years I have taken my daughter up the Palm Springs tram and backpacked in 2.5 miles to Round Valley. Then go to the peak the next day with daypacks. It is a good way to introduce them to backpacking. Over the summer, when Borrego is too hot.
1/21/2020
Topic:
Sunrise in Jojoba Wash

Scooter
Scooter
Nice heading out tomorrow for the calcite Mine and slot canyons.
1/31/2020
Topic:
June Wash and Hapaha Flat saddle

Scooter
Scooter
Welcome to the forum Brian, great trip report.
2/3/2020
Topic:
PCT North of Scissors Crossing

Scooter
Scooter
1979 drove an Opal Cadet from Hwy 78 south on Chariot Canyon and came out Oriflame to S2 !!! Probably should be a new thread.
2/3/2020
Topic:
Photography

Scooter
Scooter
Beautiful really captures the desert twilight
2/18/2020
Topic:
Photography

Scooter
Scooter
Beautiful unbelievable photos thank you for Sharing.
3/5/2020
Topic:
Imperial Valley Desert Museum

Scooter
Scooter
On Saturday March 21st Imperial Valley Desert Museum is having Indigenous Cultures Day. The museum is in Ocotillo at: 11 Frontage Rd.
Native artists from across the region will be there from Calif, Arizona and Mexico. Traditional games, crafts, food vendors, native American speakers and bird songs.
So plan your weekend trip in southern Anza Borrego and stop by the event on the way out. Hours 10 to 4.
IVdesertmuseum.org 760 358 7016
3/5/2020
Topic:
Imperial Valley Desert Museum

Scooter
Scooter
And it is free
3/6/2020
Topic:
Imperial Valley Desert Museum

Scooter
Scooter
I don't know give the museum a call
28 days ago
Topic:
Granite Mountain Overnight

Scooter
Scooter
Cool pictures I would like to camp at the top inside those huge boulders sometime.
26 days ago
Topic:
Imperial Valley Desert Museum

Scooter
Scooter
Because of the Corona Virus the day has been moved to Saturday May 23rd. I would Check their website before going on May 23rd.
25 days ago
Topic:
Imperial Valley Desert Museum

Scooter
Scooter
It is amazing !! The local native American artifacts are very impressive. I support them financially and was surprised to find they are open all year. They are a cool zone for local residents.
22 days ago
Topic:
Three Saturdays in Canebrake

Scooter
Scooter
Thank you for a great trip report. I have backpacker in over night from the North Fork of Indian Valley not to bad. Great area to explore
22 days ago
Topic:
Three Saturdays in Canebrake

Scooter
Scooter
On our trip in from North Indian Valley, took an experienced backpacker that had not done any desert off trail hiking. He picked up three cholla bombs in about the first half mile. He learned quickly and that was it for the rest of the two day trip. 🀣
8 days ago
Topic:
Park Closed?

Scooter
Scooter
Just left Pinyon Wash this afternoon. Did a day hike to Blue Spring. The tanks are over flowing with all the water !! When i came out to Hwy 78 there were no signs or tape or anything at the entrance to Pinyon Wash Road FYI
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